Sydney Opera House

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One of the world’s most famous buildings is surprisingly accessible take in a show or just take a stroll to admire this astonishing building.

Regularly listed as one of the greatest architectural works of the 20th century, the Sydney Opera House sits right on Sydney Harbour, and is listed as a World Heritage Site. The Opera House has several major resident companies including: Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Over 1 million people come here to enjoy performances each year, while millions more come just to admire the building, a symphony in itself.

The Opera House is surrounded by the Sydney Harbour on three sides, and the view from the Monument Steps is truly dramatic. Pause on the steps to photograph the harbor and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Make sure to get a snap or two with the Opera House’s famous interlocking white shells behind you.

Much of the Sydney Opera House interior is freely accessible so feel free to look around. In the reception hall, check out the fabulous floor-to-ceiling tapestry inspired by Bach’s Hamburg Symphonies.

This building is actually a complex of several venues. The Concert Hall, the Joan Sutherland Theatre and the Drama Theatre are the largest venues. The best way to see the building and all of the theaters is to book a guided tour. The Sydney Opera House Access Tour is the most popular. Wander through the house’s corridors and passageways as the knowledgeable guides share stories and secrets about the building. If you’re traveling with children, book them in for the Junior Discovery Tour, created especially for them. The Backstage Tour takes you behind the curtains and runs for over 2 hours.

The Sydney Opera House is home to cafés, restaurants and bars, from the upscale Bennelong restaurant to the relaxed Opera Bar, which offers some of the best harbor views in Sydney.

Check the Opera House website for details of upcoming performances, festivals and events. Public transport makes visiting the Opera House simple, and parking is available for a fee. The Sydney Opera House box office and tour information desk are open Monday through Sunday.

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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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Little National Hotel Sydney
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4 out of 5
26 Clarence St, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is $141 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
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5 out of 5
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The price is $185 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
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Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW, 2000
The price is $188 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
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Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is $168 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
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The Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel
4.5 out of 5
77 York Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is $144 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
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Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
5 out of 5
11 Jamison Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is $154 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is $206 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
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The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is $181 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
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InterContinental Sydney, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
117 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is $200 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
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